True Grit beef is legendary. Served inside or order to go for that special evening at home.
Now we have another set of new regulations. “Safe at Home” has been replaced with “Safer at Home,” and yet revised again on June 30th with the Safer at Home and in the Vast Great Outdoors Executive Order, which must also be approved by local ordinance. This permits restaurants to have limited inside seating (50 persons or 50% capacity) and—temporarily—use outdoor space within 1,000 feet of the premises to serve food and alcohol to seated customers. At this time, in Ouray County, masks are mandatory in all public places. In restaurants, masks must be worn coming in, going out, and moving about, but are not required at the table. (It’s hard to stick a fork or straw through a mask.) Fortunately, our governor exhibited some forbearance in allowing people to eat and drink without covering their faces. But even if he hadn’t, Tammee would have come up with a solution.
Familiar comfort food – Friday catfish, hushpuppies, and slaw. Read when you are, to eat in or take out. Great with draft beer, too.
With the Grit’s post-Covid reopening, there are a few new changes. The sheer volume of curbside pickup, to-go orders hasn’t really slowed that much, but with dine-in service and the OK for residents to travel to grocery stores in Montrose, Tammee has discontinued grocery shopping. To comply with social distancing and since the weather is so accommodating, she’s added four 4-top tables along the boardwalk from the Grit down past Timbercreek Gallery (by agreement with its owner). Upstairs, in addition to interior, socially spaced dining, she has outside patio dining with a killer view. Hartwell Park is another added inducement to take-out (which can include cocktails). Many customers making curbside pickups elect to take their meals across the street to the town park, where it’s cool and shady and meets all those “outside is best” social distancing suggestions.
Wherever you choose to eat—inside, outside, or take-out—you’re in for a treat. The Grit, now open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, offers “quality comfort food,” as Tammee describes the house favorites—like their signature mac and cheese, Friday night catfish with slaw and fries, and the “choose our meal” burger where you pick your protein and toppings. Customers may also order online from their website or Facebook page. The revised menu offers several new creative dishes, hand-crafted cocktails, and plenty of the popular old favorites, including the best chicken fried steak in Southwest Colorado! As for beef, in short supply in some area restaurants, that’s not a problem for Tammee. She and her husband own a ranch and have harvested 14 steers (plus 20 pigs), so they won’t run out.
Tammee cares deeply about her community, and she continues to find ways to support it. If you miss the Grit, or haven’t tried it yet, stop by to enjoy an adult beverage, good food, and good company. And be sure to say, “Thanks for all that you do,” to our hometown heroine, Tammee Tuttle. The Grit is open again!